Autoblog has just published their first drive of the 2010 Lexus GX 460—here’s a excerpt of their impressions:
The engine feels strong on the road and the new six-speed transmission makes the most of that power. The cabin is quiet even when matting the throttle to the floor, and over the course of a 30-minute run down a blissfully traffic-free Southern California freeway, we never had to raise our voices to be heard. It’s sedan quiet and nearly sedan smooth.
The ranch route gave us a chance to try out the adjustable suspension settings, full-time four-wheel drive, crawl control feature and even the front and side wide-view cameras. The GX handled everything we threw at it with so much aplomb that we suddenly realized what this vehicle is all about…The fact that not many people will need to ford a stream or tackle a mud bog – let alone drop hay bales around their hilly 2,000 acre ranch – doesn’t negate the value of the GX 460.
Some other facts that jumped out: the current GX 470 currently holds a 25% share of the full-size luxury SUV market, and the entire 2009 US production allotment of the GX 470 were sold. This would explain the GX sales figures this year—there wasn’t enough supply.
(Perhaps the best part of Autoblog’s review is the photo gallery, some really nice detail photos.)
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